Michael Brewer has informed the Texas Tech football program he intends to transfer at the end of the spring semester, a move that will leave the Red Raiders with only one scholarship quarterback in spring practice.
Brewer will remain on scholarship through the spring and is scheduled to graduate in May with a degree in university studies. Once Brewer earns a degree and transfers, he will be eligible to play immediately at another school, provided he enrolls in a graduate program not offered at Tech.
He has two years of eligibility remaining.
“I am honored to receive my degree from Texas Tech and will always call this university home,” Brewer said in a statement released by the athletic department. “I will never forget the friendships and memories I have made here at Texas Tech. Lubbock has been nothing but great to me and my family and we will always appreciate that.
“Wherever I go, I hope the fans will respect the person and player that I am. The decision to transfer was well thought out by my family and myself and was one of the toughest of my life.”
Due in part to a preseason back injury, Brewer played in just four games this season, completing 7 of 10 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.
For his career, the former Lake Travis standout played in 13 games. In 2012 he completed 34 of 48 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns.
Brewer’s departure leaves Holiday Bowl offensive MVP Davis Webb as the only scholarship quarterback on the Tech roster. The Red Raiders do have a commitment from Whitehouse quarterback Patrick Mahomes, The Associated Press high school player of the year in Texas.
Even his arrival could be iffy, because Mahomes is a two-sport star who is considered a prospect for the Major League Baseball draft in June.
Brewer is the fourth scholarship quarterback to leave the program since the end of the 2011 season. Jacob Karam (to Memphis) and Scotty Young (to Louisiana Tech) started the exodus that year, presumably on the expectation that Brewer appeared to be the quarterback of the future.
Baker Mayfield, a walk-on who started seven games, and Clayton Nicholas, who wasn’t much of a factor in the quarterback competition, left the program in the past month.
Nicholas opted for Bowling Green. Mayfield has said he wants to walk on at Oklahoma, though Tech did not grant him permission to contact any other Big 12 program.
Wednesday was the first day of spring-semester classes at Tech.
The Red Raiders have two quarterbacks joining the team as walk-ons: Tanner Tausch from Kilgore College and Mike Richardson from Marble Falls. Richardson graduated from high school in 2013 and spent the fall at a Houston community college.